Sex, Desire and Subjectivity in Paulo Coelho’s Eleven Minutes

  • Gian Chand Assistant Professor, Department of English, Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Government Degree College, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India
  • N S Chandel Retired Principal, Himachal Pradesh, India
Keywords: Desire, Subjectivity, Adventure, physical love, emotional fulfillment


‘Desire’ is a sense of longing or hoping for a person, object, or outcome. The same thought is expressed by emotions such as ‘craving.’ When a person desires something or someone, his sense of longing is excited by the enjoyment or the thought of the item or person. He wants to take actions to obtain his or her goal. ‘Subjectivity’ on the other hand is a philosophical concept related to consciousness, personhood, reality and truth. It applies to an individual who possesses conscious experiences, such as perspective, feelings, beliefs and desires. This study is aimed to present sex, desire, and subjectivity of the protagonist Maria in Paulo Coelho’s novel Eleven Minutes. Maria is born in a humble family in a small village of Brazil and dreams of an adventurous life but ends up as a prostitute. It is only after meeting with Ralf Hart, a painter that she understands the meaning of love, beauty, sex and life. She falls in love with him and realizes that he is the person who sees her inner light and wants not her body but her company.

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Chand, G., & Chandel, N. S. (2019). Sex, Desire and Subjectivity in Paulo Coelho’s Eleven Minutes. Shanlax International Journal of English, 7(4), 25-31.